Yao Jui-Chung Biography

Yao Jui-Chung (b.1969) currently lives and works in Taipei. His works has been widely exhibited in numerous international exhibitions. In 1997, he represented Taiwan in Facing Faces-Taiwan at the Venice Biennale. After that, he took part in Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014), Venice Architecture Biennale, SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul (2014) and Asia Triennial Manchester (2014), Beijing Photo Biennale (2013), Shanghai Biennale (2012), Taipei Biennial (2010), APT6 (2009), the International Triennale of Contemporary Art Yokohama (2005). Yao is the winner of The Multitude Art Prize in 2013. Apart from working in the fields of theatre and film, he has taught art history, wrote art criticisms and curated exhibitions. In 1997, he attended the Headland Center for the Arts (San Francisco). He was artist in-residence at Gasworks Studio (London) in 2001, ISCP (NY) in 2006 and Glenfiddich (Scotland) in 2007.

Recently, Yao Jui-Chung has assembled all the black-and-white photos of ruins he took in the past fifteen years, grouped under the themes of industry, religious idols, architecture and military bases. They reveal the enormous ideological black hole in Taiwan hidden behind the trends of globalization and Taiwan’s specific historical background as a continuation of the main theme of his work: the absurdity of the historical destiny of humanity. In 2010, Yao grouped his students into a team of photography workshop called “Lost Society Document”(LSD). He encouraged them to photograph and survey in their hometowns. Through the way of field survey, they attempt to draw the outline of “mosquito houses” which have been widely criticized, publish three books named Mirage: Disused Public Property in Taiwan , and practice the possibility of observing the society by the meaning of art.